"I walked down into a bright corner of Carolyn’s basement, her hands dug deep into a box of rich black worm compost. To my surprise, out comes a large golden tuber of turmeric. “In Chicago?” I thought."
We received two knuckles of turmeric last year in a compost box for the goats from Sugar Beet. From tiny buds, we grew about 2 pounds of the roots before retiring the plants in October. We did little but plant them.
We organize our worms and starter plants in the basement in the winter. We created our own indoor worm box from three bee boxes or 'supers.' So this year we put two pounds of tubers into the worm box to sprout them. They will be planted into the ground in May. Our basement compost box is a great place to organize seedlings for Spring. By the way the green torpedoes in the photo are decomposing cucumbers, which worms absolutely love.